Born in Tirana, Albania, in 1981 during the Communist regime, in an artist family,
Elina Duni makes her first steps on stage as a singer at the age of five.
In 1992 after the fall of the regime, she arrives in Switzerland and settles in Geneva together with her mother.
Between 2004 and 2008 she studies singing and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, in the jazz department. During this time she develops the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums – which represents a return to her musical sources, a combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz.
In 2008 the CD Baresha, first album of Elina Duni Quartet, is released on Meta Records. This first musical departure with her quartet receives marvelous acclaim from the German and Swiss press and is followed by European tours and festivals.
In February 2010 the second album of the Quartet Lume, Lume (World, World) is released on Meta Records and receives great acclaim from the Swiss, German, Austrian and French Press. The band tours in Switzerland, Germany and France and Elina Duni is invited to perform with Manu Katché on several concerts and festivals.
Prizes and Stipends
2010 : Pro Helvetia "Priority jazz encouragement 2010-2012" for Elina Duni Quartet.2008 : HKB Stipend "Trachsel-Stipendium-Best-Berufseinstieg "
2008 : "Coup de Coeur 2008" Prize from Kanton Bern
2007 : Friedl Wald Stipend